Tonight during Godly Warriors Class at the dojo (http://www.GodlyWarriors.com), we meditated early church style; as I sat and listened to the summer evening sounds around me, I heard summer again for the first time in a long time. I have been quite busy this summer with life changes, ministry, and ministry work--extremely busy. It has been excellent--we have served MANY people and had a LOT of fun; as we were meditating, people were starting to arrive for Unite Game Night (http://www.UniteGameNight.com), and I could hear them chatting about all types of things. It was obvious that if I was not meditating on the mat that I could be taking care of a million little things that needed taken care of--that's kind of my 'work mode'. However, on the mat, I had the freedom to just listen to it happening around me--and to listen to the sounds outside and the slow lazy summer evening. Everything just kind of... slowed down. It was indescribably nice. It helped me enjoy Game Night from a much more chill perspective--that of an outside observer. As I listened, I developed a new appreciation for the evening and for how much it serves people. I also was able to relax a ton and appreciate having nothing that I had to do. I just sat in God's presence in a room of people with summer happening around me, and I relaxed--much needed!
I also realized that sometimes I have to do less and be more. It takes time to say no to the million little things that all need done, but when I do say 'no' to some, I can relax and refill as I really should. That meditation carried deeply into my evening--even into now (1:02 a.m. at Game Night). I am so much more relaxed--enjoying things as they progress. Though I may have gotten a few less little things done, I have BEEN much more to the people I have interacted with--more chill, more personable, more able to listen. Thank God for the times to slow down and to take that peace with us in our days! God bless! :)
Also, to those who want to see a video of Unite Game Night as it now looks (including some of the dancing and games on the projector), check out the video at http://youtu.be/zpA_YQslSQc --it's going well; thanks for your continued prayers!!! :D